Y-D 3, Hyannis 3 (8)
The Harbor Hawks (19-23-1) fought back to earn a much-needed point in Sunday night’s tie against the Red Sox (23-19-1). Both teams pushed a run across in the first inning, but it was Y-D who scored again in the second and held the lead until the final inning. With darkness overcoming Red Wilson Field, Hyannis knew it was now or never for them to put some more runs on the board in the eighth. They did just that, as Sam Haggerty (New Mexico) got his second RBI of the game, and then Arden Pabst (Georgia Tech) tied the game with a sac fly. The Red Sox had a chance to re-take the lead in the bottom half of the inning, but they could not, and the game ended in a tie. Haggerty was the star for the visitors, going 3-for-3 with those two RBIs and a stolen base, while it was Andrew Stevenson (LSU) for the home team who led the way, going 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI, and two stolen bases. Hyannis perhaps benefited more from the result than Y-D, as they now hold a full game lead on Cotuit for the third place spot in the West, though the Kettleers do have a game in hand. The Red Sox are simply fighting for home field against the Firebirds, as the teams are already on a collision course in the first round of the playoffs.
Brewster 2, Harwich 0
The Whitecaps (17-24-2) toppled the East Division champs, the Mariners (25-16-2), 2-0 Sunday night at Stony Brook as they fight for a shot in the playoffs. Gio Brusa (Pacific) started things off with a bang, putting the Whitecaps on the board in the first with a solo home run. Aside from a loud first run, it was an otherwise offensively quiet game as the Harwich Mariners bullpen kept Brewster to just three hits all night – compared to the Mariners’ seven. The only other run of the night came in the third on a Zach Gibbons (Arizona) sacrifice fly to put the Whitecaps up 2-0. Angelo Amendolare (Jacksonville) and Kenny Towns (Virginia) combined tallied more hits on the night than Brewster’s total, each going 2-for-4. Joe McCarthy (Southern New Hampshire) got the win for the Whitecaps, tallying two strikeouts and only allowing four hits in five innings on the mound. With Chatham losing to Orleans, Brewster now holds a half-game lead over the Anglers for the final spot in the playoffs with both teams having just one game remaining on the schedule.
Orleans 4, Chatham 0 (5)
The Firebirds (23-18-2) snapped their losing streak with a rare for-shortened win over the Anglers (17-25-1) and now hold a half-game lead over the Red Sox for home field advantage in their first round series. Each team had five hits in the five innings of play, but Orleans was more efficient at the plate. Second-year man Geoff DeGroot (UMass-Lowell) led the way with two RBIs, a run, and a stolen base. Orleans’ Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) and Chatham’s Mitch Gunsolus (Gonzaga) were the only players in the game with multiple hits. Kyle Twomey (USC) got the start and the win for the Firebirds as he threw four shutout innings with four strikeouts. Chatham now finds themselves outside the playoff picture, a half-game back of Brewster with just one game remaining.